A friend forwarded me a link to a provocative documentary titled Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land: Media & the Israel-Palestine Conflict (link to the movie, the imdb entry, or the Media Education Foundation page). In footage from the occupied territories and interviews with media analysts like Noam Chomsky, this 2004 documentary explores the calculated public relations campaign by Israel to obscure the truth.
Take a listen to a perspective that is too rarely heard, the perspective from the West Bank. An illegal military occupation. Harrassment, detention, and torture. Illegal and strategically deployed Jewish settlements throughout the West Bank. Bad faith offers at peace. The documentary makes the point that American media reports on the area are filtered and skewed; sometimes they are even authored by the Israeli Press Office, filed from their facilities, and constrained by their accepted lexicon.
While not directly related to the current conflict, the film is a worthwhile way to further refine your own perspective on the region by hearing a perspective that—I concede—is also filtered, but not by the Israeli Press Office. By The Independent, Rabbis for Human Rights, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, The Village Voice, Tikkun Magazine, The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, The Institute for Public Accuracy...
Where is your opinion coming from?
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